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Following Hemingway: Motorcycle Adventure on Michigan’s Lower Peninsula


Iconic author Ernest Hemingway followed his own path in a distinctively adventurous manner. I’ve compared his approach to life to that of motorcyclists, pursuing adventure on lonely ribbons of asphalt, willingly exposed to difficulties they could have chosen to avoid. There are easier and more comfortable ways to experience life, but Hemingway, and motorcycle riders, wouldn’t have it any other ...

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Pigeon River Country: Sport Touring in Michigan


Michigan riders looking for sporting back roads with minimal traffic and serious curves in the northern portion of the Lower Peninsula need only follow the elk herd. The state of Michigan introduced seven elk to the Wolverine area in 1918, and now a free-ranging herd numbering nearly 1,000 animals roams the Pigeon River State Forest near Gaylord and Wolverine. The ...

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Touring the Forgotten Iron Range in Wisconsin and Michigan

web-Atop Mt. Zion, Ironwood, MI (2)

Late in the 19th century, in Wisconsin’s far north and on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, above ground thousands of men hacked out a living logging the state’s vast hardwood forests. At the same time, thousands of feet below the surface, hard rock miners blasted and hammered out millions of tons of iron ore. Dozens of mines dotted the Penokee Range, where ...

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A Tale of Two Lakes: Riding the Circle Tour


I’m a careful planner, but the key to this journey was decided by the flip of a coin. Heads, clockwise, tails, counterclockwise. It was tails, so my journey would take me up the eastern shore of Lake Michigan, across the top of Lake Superior, and back home along Lake Michigan’s western shore. My fascination with the these two Great Lakes ...

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Michigan Motorcycle Rides: Mackinac & Lake Michigan

Michigan Motorcycle Rides: Lake Michigan

story and photography by Cliff Yankovich [Michigan Motorcycle Rides: Mackinac & Lake Michigan originally appeared in the September 2010 issue of Rider] My wife and I needed a short break from our day-to-day life operating a retail store. Julie had the bright idea of staying for a couple of days at the Legs Inn on Lake Michigan in Cross Village ...

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Michigan Motorcycle Touring: “Tunnel of Trees” Road

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story and photography by Dan Soults [Michigan Motorcycle Touring: “Tunnel of Trees” Road was originally published as a Favorite Ride in the January 2009 issue of Rider magazine] Our favorite Michigan ride is even more fun during Indian summer because of the gorgeous fall colors. We stop at ethnic restaurants, brew pubs and historical sites. Picking a fall day, with ...

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Michigan Motorcycle Rides: The Upper Peninsula

4  Bike nestled between Sunflower fields

by Teresa Lasher, photography by Steve Lasher [Michigan Motorcycle Rides: The Upper Peninsula was originally published as a Favorite Ride in the February 2008 issue of Rider magazine] For those of you who always pilot a motorcycle, you may think you know all there is to know about motorcycle riding. You may also feel you enjoy all the perks. Not ...

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Riding on Water in the Michigan U.P.


(This article Bridge and Ferry: Riding on Water in the Michigan U.P. was published in the August 2003 issue of Rider magazine.) I felt the presence of Lake Superior long before I could see it. With the morning sun just moments from revealing itself on the horizon ahead, each exhale of my breath produced a visible cloud of vapor that ...

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